Work, life and a mini trip to the countryside meant that my blog was momentarily incapacitated last week. Did you miss me?
I returned to London last night to find numerous baffling and hostile accounts of CNN’s “Revealed” show. I thought that this brief study of Carine Roitfeld and her world was incredibly successful in explaining what it is that she does and providing a gloriously lucid and comprehensible portrait of French Vogue’s Editor in Chief. The three part program immediately prompted arguments and debates among fashion bloggers disgruntled at the lack of newsworthy scandal, gossip or detailed insight into her personal and professional life. Fashion illuminated in all its perversity! When one of the principal actors in the industry gets interviewed, controversy is only to be expected. But most comments I read on the subject were completely beside the point! The first thing I’m keen to point out is that CNN’s goal was to provide an introduction to Carine Roitfeld’s life, a coherent interview and breakdown of her job and this was achieved concisely and with great clarity. A lot of you seem to have lost sight of why shows like “Revealed” are created: to offer a condensed account of a person to the masses. What I watched was an entertaining, interesting, uncomplicated and warm introduction to one of the world’s most stylish woman. A tangible glimpse into another world. The cameras followed her during fashion week, mingling with other high profile fashion characters, at a shoot with Demarchelier (April 2009 editorial). She was also filmed in her Paris apartment and office discussing the early stages of her career before joining Vogue as well as her attitude towards motherhood and family obligations. I found it reassuring to see that her rare authenticity and quiet force of nature were so apparent, showing us that her philosophy is firmly rooted in reality despite evolving in a circle of frivolity. The normally chronic disconnection between the powerful and the rest of us seemed less acute in the presence of Roitfeld thank to her innate ability to reveal her genuine and somehow warm character. Anyway, this is a great interview with a far-sighted woman who commands the most interesting current photographers, stylists and designers and as a result has made French Vogue into an eminent pleasure ground.
Picture: Hedi Slimane